The paper reports a reconciliation between Ian Brown and John Squire at the funeral of bassist Mani‘s mother will lead to the reformation, if drummer Reni can also be persuaded to join up once again.
“Ian has been mulling over reaching out to John for a while now. A lot of water has gone under the bridge and everyone has grown up,” the source says. “Ian has just gone through a tough time with a divorce and then Mani’s mum’s funeral brought everyone back under the same roof.”
“It was an emotional reunion. There were no harsh words. It was a heartwarming breaking of bread. They had a lot to catch up on and have been in regular contact since.”
After the release of their classic self-titled debut album in 1989, The Stone Roses were beset with record company issues and inter-band politics, but eventually released follow up ‘The Second Coming‘ in 1994. When a year of gradual disintegration ensued, the band finally called it a day in unsatisfactory circumstances after a disappointing appearance at the 1996 Reading Festival.
Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield has now told NME: “I’m disgusted that my personal grief has been invaded and hijacked by these nonsensical stories.
“Two old friends meeting up after 15 years to pay their respects to my mother does not constitute the reformation of The Stone Roses. Please f**k off and leave it alone. It isn’t true and isn’t happening.”